– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Just yesterday, we reported on Joss Whedon cutting Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor from the superhero team-up flick Justice League. While Warner Bros. had assured audiences that Justice League would remain a Zack Snyder joint, cutting Eisenberg seemed to imply that Whedon was making more changes than we originally thought.

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As one of our writers, David Kozlowski put it, it was as though Whedon was stamping a giant thumbprint onto this film. While the jury is still out on whether or not this is as big of a deal as one would think, there seems to be another casualty on the cutting room floor of Justice League. However, this casualty doesn’t hail from Superman’s side of the universe, but instead on the Flash’s.

Batman News is reporting that Kiersey Clemons’ Iris West, Barry Allen’s love interest, was not present in the recently-screened cut of the film. Admittedly, this isn’t quite as big of a deal as Luthor was. We had already seen Lex as the main antagonist in, we have yet to see Iris West in the DCEU. Whereas Lex had the potential to play in more to the plot, Iris would have likely only been in or scene or two with Barry in the first act or so.

At the end of the day, it’s likely something that was cut for the time and flow of the film, and when you have a few superheroes that still need developing in this movie, it’s probably best that they focus on the characters themselves, rather than building the whole world. So while it’s a bit disappointing, I think it was a move made for the right reason.

The only real downside here is we now have to wait until the Flashpoint movie to see Kiersey Clemons as Iris West. Without us having any preconceived idea of how her relationship with Barry is, will it make it more difficult for us to care? That’s a question for another day, I guess.

What do you think of Iris West not making the final cut? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Batman News

  • Moby85

    It’s nice to be able to have no higher expectations for DC than “entertain me for 2 hours with forgettable blockbuster popcorn.” I won’t miss Lex, though as a major fan of bourbon whiskey (or as I know it, ambrosia), I’m sad to see the guy go who delivered the line “My grandmother said Kentucky mash is the secret to a long life.”

    And it is my friends, it is.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      At the end of the day you can rest easily with the knowledge that THAT wasn’t the real Lex.

  • Eli

    Really sounds like Joss is cutting the fat from the movie. I’m guessing to keep it more streamlined.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Joss: And is there any reason why this final action shot takes 8 minutes to play through. Can we just play it at normal speed and have a 2 minute shot?

  • Saranac

    So I saw Wonder Woman, and Man of Steel, have yet to dip my toe in BvS kinda like I waited on ST Into Darkness until there was nothing else to watch…. From my viewpoint the whole thing is just not that interesting for me… And I love the Donner Film(s) and most of Burton’s Batman, but if Joss had done it from the start with MOS then maybe I would have cared (I know he couldn’t) but I like his voice and direction, I think I’ve only watched a few minutes of Synder’s films at best…

  • Victor Roa

    Barry saving Iris is what the Flash is all about.
    The reality is probably Snyder got unchecked freedom in casting and budget and just added too much stuff on it that need to be shaved down.

  • Psychotic Bitch With a Knife

    Good decision. I wasn’t sold on her as Iris.

    • TamosC

      She’s still in the main Flash movie so you’ll just have to deal I guess.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.